FDA Issues Clinical Hold on Cancer Drug by Immunomedics, Inc.
Published: Sep 26, 2011
This decision by the FDA was not due to safety issues of the product, but was based on a single incident in which a patient undergoing retreatment following a prior successful therapy cycle was inadvertently administered a yttrium-90 (Y-90) dose higher than prescribed. After this error was discovered, no further doses were given to the patient, who remains on study with no critical toxicity. To date, there have been approximately 360 doses of clivatuzumab tetraxetan labeled with Y-90 successfully and correctly administered to almost 100 patients.
In response to this development, Cynthia L. Sullivan, President and CEO of Immunomedics, said, "We are preparing the requested remediation documents for the agency to ensure that this single error by the radiopharmacy will not reoccur in our trial, so that the partial clinical hold can be lifted as soon as possible. We are also working closely with the FDA to ensure patients who are eligible for retreatment can go on to receive additional cycles of therapy, once the partial hold is lifted. The Phase Ib/II study is now fully enrolled, so we are hopeful to continue retreatment cycles for those patients who may benefit from this experimental therapy."
"Since pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cancer killer, we are committed to working closely with the FDA to advance the clinical development of clivatuzumab tetraxetan in accordance with our planned development timeline," Ms. Sullivan added.
Immunomedics is a New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of monoclonal antibody-based products for the targeted treatment of cancer, autoimmune and other serious diseases. We have developed a number of advanced proprietary technologies that allow us to create humanized antibodies that can be used either alone in unlabeled or "naked" form, or conjugated with radioactive isotopes, chemotherapeutics, cytokines or toxins, in each case to create highly targeted agents. Using these technologies, we have built a pipeline of therapeutic product candidates that utilize several different mechanisms of action. We also have a majority ownership in IBC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is developing a novel Dock-and-Lock (DNL) methodology with us for making fusion proteins and multifunctional antibodies, and a new method of delivering imaging and therapeutic agents selectively to disease, especially different solid cancers (colorectal, lung, pancreas, etc.), by proprietary, antibody-based, pretargeting methods. We believe that our portfolio of intellectual property, which includes approximately 180 patents issued in the United States and more than 400 foreign patents, protects our product candidates and technologies. For additional information on us, please visit our website at www.immunomedics.com . The information on our website does not, however, form a part of this press release.
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SOURCE: Immunomedics, Inc.